Financial barriers are oftentimes all that stands in the way of an artist’s next critical step in their career. MicroGrants distributes small but impacting funds to emerging and established artists, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and creating in Williamson County. The opportunity is open to Arts Council of Williamson County (ACWC) members, who are 16 and over and live in Williamson County.

Program Goals:
No matter how ambitious or humble the proposal, ACWC MicroGrants aims to support innovative, creative development and momentum in artistic careers.

Artists will submit a single application for consideration of an ACWC MicroGrant, which will be reviewed by ACWC committee members to determination of the grant award and amount. Artists are eligible for only one grant per annual funding cycle. Funds granted will be from $100 to $200.

Please note all grantees will be required to fill out a W-9 tax form.

Artists must be currently living and creating work in Williamson County. Artists of all media are invited to apply. Funding may be applied towards artistic needs small and large, depending on the proposal. ACWC MicroGrants supports ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process, as well as emerging artist essentials, such as materials, supplies, or professional development. Examples of possible grants: funds used for framing, portfolio completion, entry fees for exhibitions or workshops or classes, etc. Examples of non-awarded grants: using funds to purchasing equipment, capital improvements to a fixed structure, rental fees, computer equipment including software.

Awarded artists must wait 1 grant cycle (1 year) before reapplying to ACWC MicroGrants. Grant projects can start no sooner than April 28, 2017 and no later than May 30, 2018.

Selection Criteria:

  • Clarity of project and how funds will be used

  • Thoughtful, realistic proposal, budget and timeline for your project

  • Professional quality of application materials

  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Selection Process:
A panel of ACWC volunteers and arts professional will make evaluation of all grant proposals

Grantee Requirements:
All grantees will be announced in ACWC promotions, including ACWC website, social media outlets and newsletters.

All grantees will be required to submit short documentation to ACWC about how their funds were utilized towards the project proposed. This synopsis and any optional imagery (.jpg, .mov, website, etc) will be due within one (1) calendar year of the funds dispersal date.ACWC reserves the right to utilize this report in further promotion of the MicroGrants program as well as means to support your creative work.

For artists who receive grants ACWC requests recognition on any promotion related to your project that was directly funded by MicroGrants. ACWC will provide logo and appropriate guidance for any marketing material.

Timeline for 2017:
Request for Proposals Open: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Proposals Due: Friday, April 28, 2017
Review Panel: Mid-May
Distribution of Funds: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Grant Documentation due: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Timeline for 2018:
Request for Proposals Open: Monday, September 3, 2018
Proposals Due: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Review Panel: Friday, February 2, 2018
Distribution of Funds: Monday, February 12, 2018
Grant Documentation due: Monday, February 11, 2019